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Dec 26, 2012 4:00pm EST
in our economy as well, correct? >> the view here is that if we go over the fiscal cliff the concern is there's going to be a drain on income and thereby it will rayfect the housing recovery. 50 days since the election and in that 50 days the markets haven't been essentially changed. seen some nascent improvement in the housing numbers and employment numbers and a boom in m & a activity, $270 billion in m & a, best quarter since 2008 but going over the fiscal cliff puts us at peril in terms of lower income and higher regulatory burdens and just the uncertainty. >> brian, sometimes the media gets the blame for scare mongering and i'm going to therefore try to play the other side and the devil's advocate. is there a possibility that this fiscal cliff talk is a y2k moment? in other words, it's not going to be nearly as bad as we think? >> oh, i think that's a possibility. i think maybe there's a little bit of cynicism in the market and a lot of people in the sidelines which is one of the reasons why the vix is as low as it is. compare this to the negotiations surrounding the extension o
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